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08:18 AM ET 04.10 | With some of the conference's best players heading to the NBA, the balance of power may be shifting quickly. Indiana's Victor Oladipo, a thorn in Michigan State's side, is forgoing his senior season to enter the NBA draft. So is Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas, who led the Big Ten in scoring. And Michigan is expected to lose some star player to the professional ranks as well. That leaves Michigan State, which has Adreian Payne and Gary Harris making decisions on the NBA while college basketball analysts are expecting their return to school would make the Spartans the top team in the Big Ten. CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish rank the Spartans as high as second in the nation in their early preseason top 25.

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April 10, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Ohio State won the B1G tourney getting almost nothing from Thomas... Don't sleep on them next year. While Thomas was a great player he was just as likely to go 0-12 and shoot them out of a game as he was to keep them in one.

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April 10, 2013  09:30 AM ET

I hate the early out for these players school should come first.But I do understand why these kids go pro is the money to help their familys.Alot came from broken homes and very poor familys and by staying in school does not put food on the table or a roof over their heads.But gaveing money to these kids is not a good way to go.The rich schools would get all the players and the small schools do not have the money to pay their players.

April 10, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Go Spartans Go

Go Spartans Go

Go Spartans Go

April 10, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Ohio State won the B1G tourney getting almost nothing from Thomas... Don't sleep on them next year.

The Schott is very cool. Great floors.

April 10, 2013  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Go Spartans GoGo Spartans GoGo Spartans Go

Hey, thanks DC. I wish our football team was as successful as Izzo's guys. Hoping last season was an annomaly, and we're back in the race this year(B1G race, you know, Rose Bowl or bust).

April 10, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Great floors.

Yes they are!!!!!

April 10, 2013  10:28 AM ET

But to stay on topic (why?), this past year, tOSU wasn't given a shot at the B1G title. They ended the season 1 game out (and if tsun would have won vs. IU, tOSU would have shared the regular season). And tOSU won the B1G tourney. According to this article, it seems the Bucks are out of the talk next season too. You have to give Thad Matta credit for getting the team ready to compete in conference every year.

Next year, Craft and Scott should be on the court full time. Q should improve, and by golly, Amir should be able to get the ball to the rim! I like their chances.

April 10, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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Hey, thanks DC. I wish our football team was as successful as Izzo's guys. Hoping last season was an annomaly, and we're back in the race this year(B1G race, you know, Rose Bowl or bust).

No problem. MSU is my favorite B1G school. They've never seemed as arrogant as some of your B1G brethren. More of a working man's team. May be just my perception though.

April 10, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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Yes they are!!!!!

does it work?

April 10, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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No problem. MSU is my favorite B1G school. They've never seemed as arrogant as some of your B1G brethren. More of a working man's team. May be just my perception though.

No, you've got it right. MSU has good, not great, academics. I think the student body is more down to earth than that other school in our state. Our coaches are kind of that way too.

April 10, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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does it work?

What a visual feast, TZ. It just seems sad to me that Buckeye fans walk all over you artwork. It's worthy of being in the Vatican.

April 10, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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Thomas was a freshman.. Dammm I thought he was like 22....

DeShaun is actually a junior, LUS. Leaving for the NBA, but says he'll be back to finish his degree at tOSU.

April 10, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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Hey, thanks DC. I wish our football team was as successful as Izzo's guys. Hoping last season was an annomaly, and we're back in the race this year(B1G race, you know, Rose Bowl or bust).

Tom Izzo is a great coach. I've a world of respect for him.

April 10, 2013  11:26 AM ET

Quick Quad. GO BUCKS!

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April 10, 2013  11:29 AM ET

Adreian (Major) Payne has developed into a beast of a ball player. It just chaps my butt to know he's from Dayton.

April 10, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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The Schott is very cool. Great floors.

+1K.

April 10, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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Adreian (Major) Payne has developed into a beast of a ball player. It just chaps my butt to know he's from Dayton.

I think he felt over-looked by tOSU in the recruiting process. I know he plays some of his best games against the Bucks,

 
April 10, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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No, you've got it right. MSU has good, not great, academics. I think the student body is more down to earth than that other school in our state. Our coaches are kind of that way too.

And the coeds are WAAAYYYYYY sluttier. Great campus & college townisms.

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